I heard their approach – sprightly, cacophonous; foreboding – and immediately had the silent alarm go off in my head. Kids!Kids!Kids! I was on my feet, swinging around the desk and hopping over my camera bag to get to the door. Just in time. It clicked shut just as they rounded the corner, shouting and whining about this and that. Safe in my office, I sat back and listened to the exchanges: Paul making nice, Brad politely laughing off the rambunctious boys jumping up and down on his leather office couch. I imagined them mischievously flinging Brad’s awards out the window at passersby, braining an oblivious Dan Shea with the hefty Writers Guild of Canada Showrunner trophy. Their mother would, of course, be mortified. “Say you’re sorry!”she’d snap. “We’re sorry,”the two boys would chime in unison as an unconscious, drooling Dan Shea is loaded onto the ambulance and away. “Alright. I hope you boys have learned your lesson.” Yup.

There was a time when I didn’t close my door at the mere inkling of an approaching child, but that was back when I was a young and foolish Manager of Animation Development for Cinar Animation. I remember, it was my first month on the job and I was sitting in my office, working on a pitch bible, when Sylvia from accounting charged by, eyes wide, mouth formed in a perfect O. Wait a minute! Was that fear in her eyes? I got up, uncertain, and poked my head out into the hallway – but she was long gone. Seconds later, it was Louise from payroll power-walking toward me. “What’s going on?”I asked. “They’re back!”she announced before disappearing around the corner. They? Back? The neighboring office doors slammed shut in unison. I was seized with panic. What the hell was headed my way? Salesmen? Angry viewers? Disgruntled employees back for revenge?

No. Worse. Much worse. It was the CEO’s sons, 6 and 8. They spotted me immediately – the sucker with the open door – and made for my office where they proceeded to pepper me with questions. Who was I? What was my job? Did I pay for those pens out of my own pocket? As one checked my computer for games, the other manhandled everything on my shelves. “Be good,”I good-naturedly warned. “Or what?”challenged the 6 year old. “Well, what do you do when things aren’t good?”I said, hoping a little humor might score me some points with the little terrors. I pointed to the garbage can: “You throw them away.” “You’re going to throw us away?”asked the 8 year old, deadpan. I essayed a wan smile. “If you do, my dad will fire you,”the 6 year old snapped back, effectively wiping the smile off my face. After that, they settled in. I excused myself to make some photocopies and retreated to the mail room where I patiently awaited their departure. As it turned out, I lost my office to them for the rest of that afternoon.

Fortunately, I didn’t end up trapped in my office all day today and, once the coast was clear, did manage to swing by set to snap a few pics from the episode de jour: The Seer.

The mailbag is back –

Anonymous #1 writes: “Can you tell us when Continuum will begin shooting?”

Answer: Sure. Next week.

Alipeeps writes: “What? No House DVDs?!”

Answer: I was favoring more upbeat selections to keep my mind off the murderous cross-island rivals and mad scientist.

Anonymous #2 writes: “Since the team is looking for the Athosians in “The Seer,” do they disappear in “Missing?”“

Answer: Tune in and find out.

Vikitty writes: “I’m betting you’ve been to Steveston before. What’s your favourite restuarant there?”

Answer: Don’t know the name of the place, but they do great fish ’n chips (of course), and a phenomenal Manhattan clam chowder.

Allison writes: “ I’ve been wondering for a bit about the music that is in each episode. Is most of it composed before the episode is made and dropped in during post or is there an individual score for each episode?”

Answer: It depends on the episode. Some episodes are scored while others make use of the vast Stargate library that Joel Goldsmith has created for us.

Jupiter writes: “I had a nightmare last night that SGA wasn’t signed on to do a Season Five. It made me cry. Have you had a similar experiance?”

Answer: My tearful nightmares usually involve me going back to high school to redo grade ten math. Close.

Anonymous #3 writes: “Have you recorded any commentaries for the season 10 DVDs?”

Answer: I’ve done commentaries for almost all of the episodes I wrote – Morpheus, Memento Mori, Counterstrike, and Quest I. I’ll probably be doing Family Ties in the coming weeks.

Johnny E! writes: “ How long does it take you to read these post, emails, etc, and then determine who gets an answer? Also, are you on any season 9 commentaries? Thanks! Oh, one last question, I know some of the guys over there (Martin Wood) are into comics. Are you and if so, what is your favorite character?”

Answer: It takes me about an hour to read and respond. I did do commentaries on all of my season 9 episodes (if I remember correctly). I’m not as into comics as I used to be, but if I had to pick a favorite character, I’d go with Dead pool (the Joe Kelly version).

Fortitude writes: “Will the Stargate films spend more time being i) filmed or ii) edited and having the cgi bits added in?”

Answer: They will.

Giu writes: “In all honesty, which chocolate is best, belgian or swiss?”

Answer: I find them equally alright.

Anonymous #4 writes: “It seems to me that you’re just using Irresponsible to say “Hey, look guys, I’m also our biggest critic!”.”

Answer: Mmm, no. I’m down on Irresponsible because I sincerely didn’t like the episode. Over the course of a given season, there will be episode I don’t like, but they’ll usually be outnumbered by the episodes I do like. And The Shroud was an episode I did like.

Jesse writes: “ Hey Joe, I was wondering if you knew of any place in Vancouver or Richmond where I can get some really good cheesecake?”

Answer: Hmmm. Well, there’s a place on West 4th (just above Burrard Street) that opened last month that specializes in cheesecake. I haven’t checked it out yet but if I was a betting man…

Desi writes: “Have you been able to catch any of The Tudors on Showtime?”

Answer: No. Is it any good? What would you compare it to?

Paula writes: “So yesterday was apparently International Dog Mischief Day. David Hewlett commented on Mars’ feats. My dog and my friends’ dogs were all a little nuts. Did your dogs get into anything they weren’t supposed to?”

Answer: Well, now that you mention it, we did notice some suspicious long-distance calls on our recent phone bill.

Edward4th writes: “Hey Joe, when you mentioned Get Smart the other day I found a couple of episodes and sat down to watch, the episode was entitled Groovy Guru…”

Answer: “ Kill, kill, kill
Thrill. Thrill, thrill
Make a scene
Bump off the Dean
Woh, woh, woh
Don’t you know
Love is out
Hate’s what it’s about
Just kill, kill, kill”

Carolina writes: “Do you live green, you know, changed your light bulbs for eco friendly bulbs?”

Answer: Do I! All of my household appliances are hamster-powered and my underwear is 100% biodegradable.

SMB_Books writes: “You mentioned in a recent entry that you were doing a read through of This Mortal Coil. When does filming begin for this episode and how long will it take to shoot?”

Answer: It beings shooting on Wednesday and, like all good Stargate episodes, should take seven days to shoot.

Teresa writes: “How many zeros in a million?? How many? Six?! That’s what I thought. Hmph.”

Answer: Yeah. Talk about sore loser.

Anonymous #6 writes: “Have you ever been to New Orleans? If so, how did tou like the food?”

Answer: I went ages ago and loved the food and the city. We used to have brunch at the Court of Two Sisters and then spend the evening checking out some of the French Quarter’s top restaurants including Antoine’s, Arnaud’s, Commander’s Palace, and Galatoires.

60 thoughts on “May 14, 2007

  1. Kids are great, as long they know you are the boss. I established early on with my niece and nephews that I was the fun aunt, as long as they behaved. No whining, no attempts at manipulation, and do as I say. In return I let them stay up really late and eat pizza, and I ride the roller coasters with them as many times in a row as they want. They think it’s cool that I let them do those things, when in fact, it’s what I want to do anyway. You have to be tricky, see.

  2. Think yourself lucky. My mum looks after children for a living. Ever since I was 4 years old, I have been greeted by the satanical grins, sticky hands and snotty noses of young kids every morning from Monday to Friday. Eugh.
    I too hated maths, you are not alone in your nightmares.
    Thanks for the pics, does Sheppard get to name that one? (Oh please call it Joe – you can be a supervillain in real life AND in Wraith-form) 😀

  3. Hmmm… I see our friend there hasn’t managed to find a comb in the months since Common Ground…

    Don’t the wraith ever get bored of the same old hairstyle? I mean, come on, there’s so much more you can do with flowing, shoulder-length locks like that, Joe! A bit of conditioner on there, some of those quick-set curlers and a spritz of Frizz-Ease and you could have a lovely set of Bon Jovi-era curls… 🙂

    Hmmm… maybe this whole war with the wraith thing could be averted if we’d just offer them the technology behind GHDs? I’m sure they’d give up on the foolish idea of eating us all for the chance to banish bad hair days forever!! 😀

  4. Are you approached to do the commentaries or do you ask to do specific ones? What about the actors/directors etc? Why did Threads not have a commentary?

  5. Biodegradable underwear, Joe?!? And I thought it was weird when I discovered one of my roommates had disposable underwear for traveling!! In fact, she gave me an unopened pair… they’re still sitting in a drawer somewhere. *shivers*

    Also, your comment about everything in your house being hamster-run (that doesn’t include your brain, I hope?) made me wonder: if any one animal species were to take over the world and seize power from human beings, which do you think it’d be and why?

  6. I have two feline children.

    However I had to spend Christmas with my niece (3) and nephew (9 months) and I was traumatised.

    Thankfully I am at the end of my ‘breeding years’.

  7. Hi Joe:

    Okay, it’s been six, count ’em, six times you have ignored me. I am hurt. I am wounded, I am fading fast! What must I do for a little attention here? Every man can be bought. What is your price?

    Patricia (grumbling that Joe should have a great day, damn-it!)

  8. Kids are wonderful…as long as they belong to someone else and you have very good earplugs. (Says the mother of 4 teenagers.)

    I’m actually very interested in learning how the Wraith beaming technology really works – think of the uses! My next cross-country, family road trip would be so peaceful if I could just beam the monsters into a dart and not release ’em ’til we get wherever it is I want to go!

  9. Hmmm…somehow I’m not seeing children in yours and Fondy’s future. Of course I suppose the pugs are children enough except that you can leave them home alone.

  10. Hi Mr. Mallozzi =)

    In season four will we see any of Ronon and Teyla on Earth?
    Who would you say is the biggest pain in the a$$ out of the entire cast?
    And, Is there any chance you’ll bring Weir back in future seasons?

    thanks ^__^ keep up the good writing!

  11. i read a critisism of the movies but to clarify on the subject what was the purpose of going to the artic with tha actors.
    Was it just to shoot a specific amount of scenes that needed the surrounding ice?
    If so, Have they just shot a bit of it and waiting to shoot the proper bit of the movie soon?

  12. I was just wondering, is there a reason you haven’t answered my last two questions? Is it because of what I asked or because you had too many other letters to answer? Thanks.
    Oh. If you don’t mind. Please tell the cast and crew that my boys,7&4, really liked Tao of Rodney. They loved that Rodney got “super powers” and that Sheppard wanted a turn too. Of course they didn’t understand the end, but it’s my favorite Rodney ep. They all did a great job.

  13. You’ve said you don’t like Irresponsible… so..
    a) since you’re now a show runner, does that mean that you’re like a dictator and nix all the episodes you hate? Or do things run a bit more democratically?

    and since you’re so honest… b) what would you say is THE WORST episode of either of the gates?

  14. hey joe,
    your blog is awesome, it brightens my day!!

    anywho, quick question:
    I know Christopher Judge has written an episode, as well as other actors on the show. Do actors come to you, or do you go to actors? And how do you give them critizism without hurting thier feelings?

    thx for the blogging,
    glor

    ps. I was once a camp counsellor and this one kid was sitting on my lap, and he started to feel warm, and so yea he peed on me!

  15. Hmmm…what would I compare The Tudors to? Well, all the drama of the Royal Family has today but with beheadings and actions that have a hell of a lot more at stake. Also, it has the familial in-fighting and intrigue and all that fun stuff that The Sopranos has. (Think of The Tudors as The Sopranos of 16th century Britain.) All in all, The Tudors is such a unique approach to a tired TV formula with the formula being a family with problems and secrets and lies all of which, in time, come out. What the creators of The Tudors have done is take what could be argued as one of, if not THE, most well known (and one could say the most popular) period of British history and blown it wide open. They’ve taken the facts as they are known and given them a new spin to pull in a new audience. I HIGHLY recommend atleast checking out some of the content available online at Sho.com if nothing else.

    Desi

    PS. I am so honored that you asked for my opinion. I mean seriously…you know that you’re one of my favorite writers in all of television so…wow…

  16. And you thought those ZAT guns in props dept. were just there for show >)…Very excited about the upcoming season. First thing I do in college is set up a SG club in honor ;D. Of course, we’d still have to wait for forever to actually see the episodes, being in Texas and all. What happened to those plans of Canada taking over select states, eh? You’ve still got the Scottish Space Brigade behind you on this >). Still curious about who does the editing, but that can wait ;D. Have a fantastic Tuesday!
    -allison

  17. Joe, in today’s (5/14) post said, “It depends on the episode. Some episodes are scored while others make use of the vast Stargate library that Joel Goldsmith has created for us.”

    The music from the end of The Shroud (when the Supergate disconnects and Daniel redials it), was it scored exclusively for the episode or was it recorded before the episode shot? I’ve got to say it was a pretty sweet piece of music.

  18. Joe-Mal…that’s your Hip-Hop Rapper name…so…

    Joe-Mal, regarding the automobile topic:

    Lexus/Toyota, Acura/Honda, or Infiniti/Nissan; you are wise to go with the Japanese car makers. The high-end models of the luxury imprints are quite nice, indeed, and are still very reasonably priced.

    I don’t actually know much about Infiniti, but I took a look at the various Lexi and Acura SUVs and sedans before deciding on my sportier Honda Element. Actually, I didn’t even get past the research phase on the Lexi and Acuras, because as soon as I saw my boxy beau on the Honda website, I knew he was mine…all mine, in all his glorious tangerine metallic handsomeness.

    As I stated the last time you wrote of cars, if you’re looking for something with more “Joe-Mal” dapper dandy wicked cool power, test drive the Infiniti FX-45.

    Or, you could just be mister dull sedan driving man…one of the masses…but really, what is the fun in that? I’d have to rename you Percival Pickering or Billy Bob Knobler or Rufus Misslethwaite to match. I’d rather not have to do that.

  19. 1. I read on Gateworld awhile ago that all of the principle cast on Atlantis season 1 signed six year contracts. I was wondering if that was true. 2. Does N.O.A.S. from Doppelganger stand for Noxious Odor Advisory System? 3. Is Rachel Luttrell pregnant in real life and it was decided to incorporate that into SGA, or was it just a direction the writers decided to take Teyla? Thanks Joe.

  20. So it appears that SG-1 scored higher ratings than Atlantis again this week. I think it’s the fourth time out of six episodes that that has happened. Is this a problem for Atlantis’ future?

  21. Random thoughts for the master:
    My personal faith in SciFi wisdom is relatively low, given their track record at hamstringing shows that’s only closely rivalled at Fox…..
    I think that the cutting of season’s to 20 episodes, runs to 5 years…or at least 5 years on THEIR network is explained by an insight I had when you mentioned math in your Q&A…..
    Senior management can only count to 5, and middle management at SciFi can count to 20 with limited props, but anything beyond that gets into territory best left “untouched”(or retouched….)
    As for distractions from Evil Geniuses on the other side of the island…my money is on our Evhill Genius…..(for the SciFi Exec’s reading this, that means Joseph Mallozzi) Of course, the secret of Great Propoganda is Never Believe Your Own.

  22. My policy with kids is that I don’t care who they belong to, they will behave politely. Of course, I don’t work in the entertainment business, but I have no problems disciplining other people’s kids.

    But I also subscribe to being the godmother and being able to give the children back. Always nice!

    And I hope your pugs aren’t getting into those phone dating services. There are so many scam artists on those.

  23. Heehee…kids. You know, you’re lucky. Men are allowed to not like kids. When women say we don’t much care for them, people look at us funny, like, “You are female, right?” Although I suspect I wouldn’t mind my own kids so much, were I to have any; it’s most other people’s kids that ruin it for me.

    One of those pictures reminded me of something. In some of the episodes (most memorably, the Antarctic parts of Rising), some of the characters are wearing North Face jackets/sweaters. I had a bit of an argument with my dad over this. I say the prevalence of the North Face logo in certain shots is coincidence, and that they’re wearing them because, as people in the Pacific Northwest know, it’s a good brand. Dad thinks it’s some kind of product placement. But then again, he also insists that Billy Boyd and Ethan Embry are the same person, based on the opinion that Pippin looks like “that guy from Empire Records”.

  24. alipeeps said…
    Hmmm… maybe this whole war with the wraith thing could be averted if we’d just offer them the technology behind GHDs? I’m sure they’d give up on the foolish idea of eating us all for the chance to banish bad hair days forever!! 😀

    We tried, unfortunately they ate the hairdressers we sent. We’re still looking for more volunteers…

    Joe, a question if I may? With different writers doing different episodes, is it difficult to keep characters, well, in character? do the actors have input into this, or do the writers all have a pretty good feel for the characters? Do different writers have different ideas about what a character thinks or how they will react in different situations? Does anyone have an executive say in the direction a given character will take? Umm.. okay, that was more than one question, but it was all inter-related. 😀

    Thanks

    Lauriel

  25. We can toss Sheppard in with the Wraith who hasn’t combed his hair in years. Frankly, I’m tired of it.

    Joe, any chance Sheppard can at least get a hair trim in season 4? It isn’t right to have a Lt. Col. look so sloppy. The guy doesn’t even wear his dog tags. What’s with that?

  26. Three questions: 1) Do you ever go to any of the conventions? 2) Do you watch any of SCI-FI’s other shows? 3)What would you do with a billion dollars?

  27. I see you share my same view of kids. Ah, the nightmarish memories of having to babysit my neighbors twins.

    Glad to see our friend from Common Ground is back again, although he does need to find a hairdresser. Can you tell us if Sheppard gets to name this one?

    “All of my household appliances are hamster-powered”

    Hamsters? Surely by now you’ve had a chance to sneak a ZPM away from the studio to power your house.

  28. Hi Joe, didn’t get a chance to comment yesterday but for once I have an opinion…

    RE: CARS

    A friend once summed up the difference between the Lexus and BMW this way: “the Lexus is a better car but the BMW is more fun to drive”. And I pretty much agree with that.

    I have a Lexus and it’s a great car. Nothing ever goes wrong, it’s a pleasure to take it into the dealership for service. Everyone I know who has a Lexus pretty much has the same experience.

    But I still miss my 3-series BMW that I drove for years. The tight steering, the way it handled on the road, etc. Don’t miss the hassles at the dealership or the sometimes odd things that would go wrong that took 2-3 repair trips to fix.

    In spite of the reliability of the Lexus…..I’m contemplating getting an X3 next time around. I drove a friend’s and it handles much better than my RX330.

    My sister has a VW Touareg that she really likes but I haven’t driven that one.

    (yes, sadly we really like our SUV’s here in TX…but since I live so close to work I only use one tank of gas a month unless I go out of town)

    kes

  29. Oh, and my last post was getting long but have a comment on The Tudors and Rome.

    ROME: Loved it. It was OTT at times, violent, sexy and totally compelling television. An exceptional cast made it a pleasure to watch. It’s best viewed on DVD, I think. That’s how I watched S1 and you can really get into it that way. S2 isn’t out on DVD yet but I watched the episodes as they aired and it’s very good as well. I do think S2 suffered a little from the producers/writers trying to condense what was a planed multi-year series into one last season.

    TUDORS: Watched the first two episodes (free preview) but wasn’t compelled to order Showtime just for this series.
    Kind of interesting but I had a hard time with the casting of Henry VIII and miss the inclusion of the fictional characters that ROME inserted so skillfully into the historical setting.
    Still I have friends who are enjoying The Tudoes quite a bit and since I love that period of English history I may give it another shot.

    Both series play a little loose with historical fact – as we know the facts – but I didn’t mind it so much with Rome.

    Good luck with S4 of Atlantis. I’m not as much into the ‘Gates anymore….although I’ll hang in there until the end of SG-1 and probably get the movies. It was a good run and I’ve enjoyed it a lot over the years….yes even aspects of S9 and S10.

    Atlantis has never been “must see” TV for me but I’ve enjoyed some of the S3 episodes and I’ll probably give it a look-see when the new season starts just to see how all the changes pan out.

    kes

  30. Arctic Goddess said…
    “Hi Joe:

    Okay, it’s been six, count ’em, six times you have ignored me. I am hurt. I am wounded, I am fading fast! What must I do for a little attention here? Every man can be bought. What is your price?

    Patricia (grumbling that Joe should have a great day, damn-it!) “

    Copernicus responds:

    I think I’ve got you beat. Joe hasn’t answered a question by me since April 10th, and that wasn’t even me asking the question. He put my name on someone else’s question.

    Anyway, Joe, I was hoping you might redeem yourself in my eyes by answering a few questions:

    1) Which episodes is Carter not in so far?
    2) One of the reasons it was so easy to bring Carter over, I believe has been mentioned, is that Amanda Tapping had one year left on her contract. If SGA goes to season five, will you seek out an extension on that contract?
    3) After Weir’s fourth episode in season four, will the character be in a position to make future appearances?

    Alright, so maybe you can’t answer the third question, or, for negotiating reasons, possibly even the second one, but throw me a line here or something. I was reading this blog before it was cool to read this blog.

    Sincerely,
    Copernicus

  31. Anonymous said…
    Well, I will ask again * I am persistant:)* Is the father of Teyla’s baby a human??

    *sigh* Here’s something for you to think about… do you really want this question answered? Do you really want the detailed answer to a major Season 4 plot point now, months before the episode is going to air?

    Spoilers are one thing – and I admit I love a good hint or spoiler or two – but asking for details of major plot points is self-defeating.. a) because it’s common sense that Joe is never going to answer them and b) because what would be the point of watching the show if you already know all the answers?

    You do want to watch the show, don’t you?

  32. Is Alipeeps your agent/friend/hired gun, obsessed fan-type, or what? I can’t stand it when other people are constantly horning in to make a response to what someone else has asked you directly.

  33. Hi Joe, how are you?

    There’s something I don’t understand. Why did you say that you never intended to get rid of Elizabeth when later we found out that you gave Torri a chance to stay or leave. It contradicts itself, do you see it too? Anyway I’m glad Torri decided to stay, even for those 4 measly episodes. Elizabeth should live on, a wonderful character the way Torri portrays her.

    What I also wanted to say is that I do believe you, Joe, can write for Elizabeth, I do like what you did with her in New Order, amazing, that wasn’t Atlantis though, I also like how you wrote her in some episodes in season 1. You didn’t just have to get Carter and get rid of Elizabeth, chose the easy way, it seems. I would accept everything if both were on the show, I don’t understand why removing one. Everybody would be happy that way.

    In my opinion the fact that you gave Torri only four shows is an insult to all the effort she has put into the role. I love Lorne and Zelenka (a lot!) but even they will be in more episodes next season. It’s also an insult to all the Torri/Elizabeth fans.

    Right now, I can no longer enjoy the show, I feel this way now, things may change if the Elizabeth situation changes.

    Also, wanted to add that I’ve been reading lots of posts about ratings and saying how online fans don’t matter in this regard. I thought you’re making the show so everybody enjoys it, is it made only for those with Nielsen boxes? I don’t feel appreciated when you say we don’t matter, I (used to) love your product and you’re saying you don’t care. How’s that for selling something?

    Anyway, have a great day, Joe.

  34. Joe

    Are you absolutely sure about kids? I can picture a wee little Joe with big brown puppy eyes following you around asking you to read some of your own wonderful storys to him.. or maybe a little Fondy with that beautiful smile playing with your Marvel thingies and both kids with your wicked wit.. Imagine that .. Think of all the things you could teach them..

    Dori

  35. That office shows like my current work. I am a secretary for a woman who has her office in her house. She also has a 3 year old who knows not to come in the office but is the loudest kid I have ever met. Even with the office door closed I can hear her scream her little lungs out.

    Please JOE can I come work for you!I am quite good. Save me PLEASE!!! ; )

  36. RE: The ‘Get Smart’ episode “Groovy Guru”. Those lines you quoted (“Kill, kill, kill”), I made the mistake of singing that little didley while out skipping rope in front of my house. My mother heard me, came running out and cuffed me across the mouth, then told me I was never allowed to watch another episode of that show ever again. While I agree that it’s not right for a 7 year old to sing “Kill, kill, kill”, I will never forgive her for refusing to let me watch Get Smart until I was old enough to leave the house at 18. I’m still in theraphy for that one!

    KJC (children = Hellspawn)

  37. Hey Joe,

    I thought the same about kids as you did before I had one. Then I found out that you can actually raise your child to be fun and well-behaved (most of the time) if you use some common sense. It’s called being a parent and not try to be your kids best friend.

  38. didn’t realise Madonna had a guest spot on Atlantis, you could’ve let her get her makeup on first tho.

  39. Could you tell us if there’s any chance of us seeing the outtakes of a certain 200 wedding scene that Michael Shanks and Richard Dean Anderson did on the season 10 DVDs?

  40. Anonymous said…
    Is Alipeeps your agent/friend/hired gun, obsessed fan-type, or what? I can’t stand it when other people are constantly horning in to make a response to what someone else has asked you directly.

    Responding to another person’s post on this blog is “horning in”? But isn’t that what you’re doing by naming me in your little tirade? 😉

    I’m a helpful kinda gal and if I see people posting a question I know the answer to, I will often post in reply.. and when I see someone repeatedly posting the same question that, realistically, is unlikely to ever get answered, I feel it’s only fair to try and point that fact out to them and save them the trouble of having to re-type it (and everyone else the frustration of having to re-read it) day after day after day after day after….. 🙂

  41. Hi Joe,

    I hope you’ll answer my question this time… how long EXACTLY was Vala a host to Goa’uld?

  42. Joe,

    Who creates the SGA promos on SciFi (the ones that say “Next time on Stargate Atlantis”)? Is it someone on your team or SciFi itself?

  43. Joe, I’ve been in an argument with somebody over the origin of the Ancient gene in humans from Earth, and I thought maybe you could help us sort it out.

    Do Sheppard and Beckett have the Ancient gene because of mutation, implied by the notion that humans are a “second evolution” of the Ancients, or is it because they both had an ancestor who came from the Ancient outpost that was left on Earth 10,000 years ago?

  44. Alipeeps said

    I’m a helpful kinda gal and if I see people posting a question I know the answer to, I will often post in reply.. and when I see someone repeatedly posting the same question that, realistically, is unlikely to ever get answered, I feel it’s only fair to try and point that fact out to them and save them the trouble of having to re-type it (and everyone else the frustration of having to re-read it) day after day after day after day after….. 🙂

    With respect that is not your choice to make. That right is reserved for Joe, it’s his blog, his decision. If he feels he’d like to answer that particular question, then that is his perogative not yours.

  45. I was just watching Corai today and was blown away by how good Chris Judge and Richard Dean Anderson are in their scenes in this episode. It’s this kind of intensity and meaningful character interaction that’s been missing from the shows for the past couple years. I mean, it was just awesome how good it was. No effects, no explosions, no action. Just really heartwrenching stuff between two characters. I hope we get some more really deep, riveting Jack and Teal’c scenes in the movies. It’s easy to see why Jack is Teal’c’s best friend, and why Teal’c would trust him enough to join the Tau’ri.

    Jack and Sam have a great scene with General Hammond, too. There’s actual conflict between the characters, unhappiness, and none of the characters get villainized. I miss when the show had this kind of depth and am looking forward to the movies.

    Myrmiddon

  46. Do you ever have a moment of inspiration where a couple of great lines come into your head, you really want to use them so you try to write a script around them only to find once its finished that the lines you thought were great just don’t fit or sound the way you thought they would? I’m having that problem just now. Its soooo frustrating!!! I keep trying to re-work it but every time I try to re-write it it just makes the rest of it worse. I’ve already past the date I wanted to have it finished – and the back up. I don’t know whether to keep trying, leave the lines out altogether and fine tune the rest of it or start again from scratch. Has this ever happened to you? Can you give me any advice?? Pleeaassee.

  47. If Shep’s group is in the puddlejumper for a long journey [like in The Defiant One], how do they go to the bathroom?

  48. Anonymous said…
    With respect that is not your choice to make. That right is reserved for Joe, it’s his blog, his decision. If he feels he’d like to answer that particular question, then that is his perogative not yours.

    *sigh* Never once said it wasn’t. However, it’s also my perogative to point out that your question is unlikely to be answered (I assume it is *your* question, or are you a further “anonoymous” defending the honour of a fellow anonymous poster?) and that seeing it reposted every day can get wearisome for others. And if Joe didn’t think my comment to that effect was appropriate, or indeed your response to my comment etc etc, he wouldn’t publish it, would he?

    At the end of the day, Joe’s not under any kind of obligation to answer anything and, to me, to keep reposting and reposting seems like you have some kind of expectation that you are entitled to a response?

    Personally, my general rule of thumb is… if a question doesn’t get answered, fair enough. Move on. Post something else. I would suggest that it’s a reasonable assumption that if he hasn’t answered your question the first 4 or 5 times you posted it, he’s unlikely to.

    Now, how about we stop spamming Joe’s blog with this rather pointless discussion? If you want to continue it elsewhere, my posts are actually signed so you’re welcome to find me online. 😀

  49. [i]With respect that is not your choice to make. That right is reserved for Joe, it’s his blog, his decision. If he feels he’d like to answer that particular question, then that is his perogative not yours.[/i]

    No kidding. If Mr. Mallozzi wants to answer a question he will. If he doesn’t he won’t. If he wants to completely and totally spoil fans then that’s his prerogative. He unscreens repetitive questions so they must not bother him as much as they bother some fans.

    Fans need to stop dictating which questions can or can’t be asked on this blog and go start their own instead. It will give them that complete control that they so desire. Ta!

  50. *waves*

    *tries to contain her squee*

    Excited I am and happy to see,
    Lots of pictures of Chris; the Wraith from CG.
    It really has me wondering,
    is the Wraith a friend or foe?
    But I know you’ll only tell us, Joe,
    That we’ll have to watch the show :p

    I cannot help but wonder, if the bets are really off?
    But maybe you will tell us, if I give a little *cough* :p
    You can put it in a riddle, Joe
    Or make it hard for us to guess,
    So we don’t know if you’re serious, or if your riddle is in jest.

    And not a single Shep mention…my quest is not fairing well today, Joe. *sniff*

    *hugs*

    Thank you for the pics Mr M you’re a very wise and kind man. 😀

  51. Hey Joe, about your DVD survival list, why didn’t you include any MacGyver DVD’s? You may be inspired to build a puddle jumper. Which brings me to your dilemma on the Lexus/Hovercraft decision, get a puddle jumper.

    Moving on, it’s not the ZPM from the Odyssey that comes to the rescue of Atantis at the beginning of season 4 is it? or the Antarctica outpost ZPM? Just had this thought as SG1 is set a couple of months ahead of Atlantis, which would mean that the ori would be defeated before season 4 started, correct?

    Anyway, good luck with the series renewal after the end of series 3 in the US, and hopefully for many more series’ to come.

  52. AP quoted here with a bit of snippage: **And if Joe didn’t think my comment to that effect was appropriate, or indeed your response to my comment etc etc, he wouldn’t publish it, would he?**

    Mr Mallozzi has the moderation on and so he is the only one who makes decisions about what goes public and what doesn’t. Does anyone else who reads this blog wonder why he does what he does, doesn’t anyone else get it? Whether something is “appropriate”, on topic, OT ranting, becoming a two-sided argument neither of which is Joe, or not doesn’t really play into it based on some of what I’ve seen Joe clear for public view.

    Seems to me if someone asked a question 3-4 times and Joe’s not answering and they keep asking but he keeps posting it, and not answering it, it’s a silly little game he’s playing with the fan(s)– all he has to do the first or second time is politely say he can’t answer instead of posting every time it’s asked and ignoring it. Figure it out.

    Joe Goodman

  53. Alipeeps said

    I’m a helpful kinda gal and if I see people posting a question I know the answer to, I will often post in reply.. and when I see someone repeatedly posting the same question that, realistically, is unlikely to ever get answered, I feel it’s only fair to try and point that fact out to them and save them the trouble of having to re-type it (and everyone else the frustration of having to re-read it) day after day after day after day after….. 🙂

    Anonymous said…
    With respect that is not your choice to make. That right is reserved for Joe, it’s his blog, his decision. If he feels he’d like to answer that particular question, then that is his perogative not yours.

    I see, the old “cut them off at the pass rather than discuss the merits of the case” debate technique.

    I agree with Alipeeps but I think we sometimes forget how young some of the posters here are. Some haven’t even had their first real job.

    One of the favorite techniques of teenagers, after their parents have said “No” to something, is to keep asking for the same thing over and over again hoping it will cause them to give up and grant their request. If that doesn’t work they try asking for the same thing in different ways.

    Sometimes it takes a long time to grow out of these techniques, especially if they worked well with their parents.

    I am sure Joe will continue not to answer certain questions. I guess the rest of us will just have to grin and bear the repetition that follows.

    But if I see “That’s not fair!!” then I am going to write a really strong entry 😉

  54. yes, Joe, please on the outtakes. That hot man on man action is what we all crave so please appease my delusional sinful thoughts and show us all how “close” MS and RDA are.

  55. Hey Joe. I was pleased to see that the new artwork for the season 10 DVD has come out. Although, I must say that I am really disappointed to see one SG-1 member noticeably absent, namely Vala. Where’s Claudia Black? Do you guys have any control of what goes on the cover?

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